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Water Consumption

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Get an introduction to water consumption! The water we use every day is considered 'direct' water consumption, whether someone is brushing their teeth with it, drinking it, or cooking with it. The average person in the US consumes about thirty-three gallons of water each day. But, it's not just water from the sink that counts as water consumption. Water can be used indirectly as well.

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Right now, Uma is trying to make some tea. But, what happened to the water? She had a lot more she wanted to do with it today too! She planned to water her tomatoes and make a puddle to splash in! But, Uma! You can't do any of that! It's time to think about Water Consumption! The water you use every day is considered 'direct' water consumption, whether brushing your teeth, drinking water, or cooking with it. The average person in the US consumes about thirty-three gallons of water each day. That's a lot of water! But, it's not just water from your sink that counts as water consumption. Since Uma doesn't have any water coming from her faucet, she decides to go online shopping instead. She doesn't need water to buy a pair of jeans like these, does she? Did you know that we actually do need a lot of water for that!? Most of the water you use is not consumed where you live, but where the things you buy are produced. We call this 'virtual' water. It takes two hundred sixty-four gallons of water to grow two to three avocados. One cup of your teacher's coffee requires about thirty-five gallons of water to grow the coffee beans. To get two pounds of beef, one thousand, four hundred thirty gallons are used for the cow! And, a pair of Uma's jeans actually takes two thousand one hundred thirteen gallons to produce the cotton they are made from. Because of all this, we can each use up to two thousand gallons of virtual water each day. Is that bad? Not necessarily! There are places around the world where water is naturally found in large quantities. There, it is appropriate to consume more water. However, the cotton used for Uma's jeans is grown in hot, dry areas on large fields that need a lot of water. In order for cotton to grow there, groundwater or water from lakes is usually used. At some point, that water will run out. Then, people have to move away from the area and many plants and animals can no longer live there. But, we can prevent this by only using as much water as is replaced by precipitation! We call this acting sustainably. But, that is a long way off. At the moment, we, humans, are consuming more water than the earth can offer us in the long term. I wonder what Uma thinks of all of this? Well, she's a dog, so she doesn't need jeans. Since it's raining, she can even splash in her puddle without wasting any water. What about you? Write in the comments how you are saving water!